The CEOs plan to defend themselves by saying they themselves face competition and by pushing back against claims they are dominant, which has led to fears the hearing will bring up little new information to hold the companies
accountable in the long term.
"The hearing is less about substance and is designed to bring attention to Congressman Cicilline and the work the subcommittee has been doing for the past year," said Jesse Blumenthal, who leads technology and innovation at Stand Together, a group that sides with tech companies
that have come under fire from lawmakers and regulators in Washington.
The hearing will also test US lawmakers' ability to ask sharp, pointed questions that reflect an understanding of how Big Tech
operates. Previous high-profile hearings involving tech companies have exposed the somewhat limited grasp of Washington
politicians of how the internet and technology work.
A detailed report with antitrust allegations against the four tech platforms and recommendations on how to tame their market power could be released by late summer or early fall by the committee, which has separately amassed 1.3 million documents from the companies, senior committee aides said.
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